Community Building: Icebreaker Games

I posted this idea here and it seems well received.
So let’s play some games to get to know each other.

I can think of one game that is quite fun.
In turns everybody asks a question that can be answered on a scale from 1 to 10. Like: How much do you like the fediverse.
Then we create a poll like this :point_down: and everybody votes.
Interesting questions with big difference in answers can lead to good discussions.

So how much do you like this idea for a first icebreaker game?

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How do you like the concept of decentralization overall?

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I voted 5 on decentralization, because I think its sometimes a good and sometimes a bad idea.
E.g. I think the EU is a good thing in general, then again some things are best decided on a small community level.
In Austria it makes sense that there are many local Fridays For Future groups, not just one national group, but it wouldn’t make a lot of sense to have 23 groups in Vienna, one for each district, that don’t work together.
When it comes to social media though decentralization is definitely a good thing.

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I don’t know if its my turn now, but I found a good question on the internet.
I’ll make a scale from 1-5, to keep the poll smaller.
How honest are you at these kind of games if the questions get really intimate.

1 is not at all
5 is completely honest

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Well if they get really intimate I won’t be 100% honest.

Okay, so here is my question:

Are you a cet person or a dog person?
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I love decentralization.

I’ll be totally honest as long as you don’t ask me for my real name. Being anonymous makes it easy to answer questions honestly. :wink:

I love all animals equally.

My question:
Where do you see yourself on the political left (1) right (10) spectrum.

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I think its just the 4 of us playing and we all asked 1 question and answered them all.

Shall we try the next game?

I suggest a version of 2 truths and a lie, where everybody sends me - the gamemaster (mistress?) - a PM with 2 truths and a lie about them, then I post them all and you all have to guess which statements belong to whom and which are true or false.

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@Proviant the others have already sent me their truths and lies, so right now we are waiting on you… Not to put pressure on you. :wink:

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I am sorry I’ll write mine in a minute. :sweat_smile: I am on vacation and I am not as active as I‘d usually be.

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Okay, here are the statements, ordered alphabetically:

I almost died once in the arches national park, but my brother saved my life
I am still in school
I hate cookies
I have a group of friends that I usually only see once a year
I haven’t boarded a plane since 5 years
I suck at programming
I’ve been to jail 30+ times
I’ve had the same number of male, female and non-binary partners
I was 0 years old, when I was on my first demonstration

@Proviant you go first. Take one statement (that is not yours) and guess who’s it is and whether its true or a lie. Only if you get both right you get a point and can go again. If you get one or both wrong I won’t tell you what’s wrong and it’s the next person’s turn.

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Okay, hmm… I’d guess that

is true and belongs to @paula ;D

Nope.
@paula 's turn.

I guess this is @LeftyLucy 's lie?

Also wrong.
@LeftyLucy now its your turn.

This must be Paula and true.

Also wrong.
I didn’t think this was going to be so hard.
@Proviant it’s your turn again.

Ah, late to the party. Well, here are mine then:

  • I liked gopher when only spiders were on the web
  • I had a relationship where both of us risked our life
  • I hate being called a nerd when acting all nerdy again
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Okay, so here are all the statements. We know which ones are @aschrijver 's (we would’ve anyway since they came in late), but we still don’t know of any if they are true or false.

I almost died once in the arches national park, but my brother saved my life
I am still in school
I had a relationship where both of us risked our life
I hate being called a nerd when acting all nerdy again
I hate cookies
I have a group of friends that I usually only see once a year
I haven’t boarded a plane since 5 years
I liked gopher when only spiders were on the web
I suck at programming
I’ve been to jail 30+ times
I’ve had the same number of male, female and non-binary partners
I was 0 years old, when I was on my first demonstration

@aschrijver since you just joined I’d say it’s your turn now. Guess which statement belongs to whom and whether it’s true or false. You have to get both right.

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Ah okay, so here goes…

Since it seems unlikely, most likely it is true, namely: I’ve been to jail 30+ times.
I imagine that may happen when joining in lotsa protests. So I dedicate to @paula

(Silly, I could’ve DM’ed you my points, but I am just not that smart, ha ha :smile: )
(Update: Oh, even sillier, because as you say you’d all know which ones were mine… but this oversight is lack of coffee and hasty reading)

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nope, another miss.

Now it’s @Proviant 's turn

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